Wrapping up the Stanley Cup Final news, latest coaching hires & more in this morning’s collections of NHL headlines.
Stanley Cup Final wrap-up.
NHL.COM: The Penguins Stanley Cup parade is set for Wednesday in downtown Pittsburgh.
NBC SPORTS/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang underwent surgery prior to the start of the Stanley Cup Final to address a foot infection. He played in all six games of the Final. Center Matt Cullen required a needle to freeze a fractured toe before each of the Penguins final 11 playoff games, while winger Bryan Rust injured his right hand.
CSN BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks left wing Tomas Hertl suffered a knee injury in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final that sidelined him for the remainder of the series. He won’t have to undergo surgery. Meanwhile, NBC Sports announced the 2016 Stanley Cup Final was the most-viewed non-Original Six Final since 2001.
Notable NHL Headlines.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks are reportedly on the verge of bringing back Randy Carlyle as their new head coach. Carlyle coached the Ducks from 2005-06 until midway through 2011-12. He guided them to their only Stanley Cup title in 2007.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Carlyle had success previously with the Ducks but eventually his demanding style wore down his players, resulting in his dismissal. He didn’t have much success with the Toronto Maple Leafs. To be fair, those Leaf teams lacked depth in talent. It’ll be interesting to see how receptive Ducks leaders Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry will be to Carlyle’s return. If they’ve bought in, there shouldn’t be any issues.
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues have selected former Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo to be Ken Hitchcock’s successor at the end of the 2016-17 season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Yeo’s mixed success with the Wild, his hiring seems an unusual choice as Hitchcock’s replacement. Still, having a year to work with Hitchcock will help Yeo adapt to their systems and allow the players to get used to him, making for what should be a seamless transition.
NHL.COM: The Ottawa Senators announced Daniel Alfredsson agreed to remain as their senior adviser of hockey operations for another season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signed defenseman Mark Barberio to a two-year contract with an annual cap hit of $750K.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators re-signed goaltender Marek Mazanec to a one-year, two-way contract. They could part ways with backup Carter Hutton, who’s an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars announced play-by-play announcer Dave Strader is battling cancer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My best wishes to Strader for a speedy recovery.